Claus Elberling, DSc, is being honored with the Samuel F. Lybarger Industry Award for his numerous contributions through research and engineering in the field of audiology. He began his career in Denmark with an MSc in electronic engineering and a doctor of medical sciences (DSc) from the University of Copenhagen. His early career focused on research in the area of electrophysiology. He developed tools for better testing and interpretation for electrocochleography (ECochG), auditory brainstem response (ABR), auditory steady-state response (ASSR), and otoacoustic emissions (OAEs).
During his career, he has worked for Oticon where he made significant contributions in hearing aid research, development, and fitting including the development of the first fully digital ear-level hearing aid in the world (DigiFocus). After his retirement from the Oticon Eriksholm Research Centre, he worked as an executive scientist in the Demant Group—especially for Oticon and Interacoustics.
In 1985, he published the first OAE-recordings from a group of newborns. Most recently his research has focused on the development of chirp stimuli for testing of newborns and infants. He has over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and numerous international presentations. His contributions to the field of audiology through basic and applied research and his time working in industry has made significant improvements to testing, treatment, and overall patient care.